Rainbow students take part in Technological Skills Competition on February 28th

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Lively District Secondary School construction teacher Andrew Roach, left, works with students Karina Kirwan, middle, and Michaela McDonald to prepare for the Carpentry – Team of 2 competition being held at the Carpenter’s Union in Azilda. The event is part of the Rainbow District School Board Technological Skills Competition on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Rainbow District School Board will host its 17th annual Technological Skills Competition on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. The event will take place at Cambrian College in Sudbury and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486 in Azilda.

Some 150 secondary students will test their skills in 2D and 3D character animation, AutoCAD, auto-service technology, cabinetmaking, carpentry, coding, electrical installations, home and team building, heavy duty equipment, mechanical CAD, photography, prepared speech, small powered engines, tv/video production, welding, workplace safety and VEX robotics.

New this year is an elementary component that will see 160 students from Grades 7 and 8 competing in five categories including character animation, construction, LEGO® Mechanical Engineering, LEGO® Robotics, and tv/video production.

Students will vie for an opportunity to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition on May 4 and 5, 2024 in Toronto.

“Tech Skills gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents in various sectors, which could lead to potential careers in the trades,” says Jennifer Burns, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Co-ordinator with Rainbow District School Board. “Students make connections with community partners and engage in innovative learning experiences that foster self-confidence, problem-solving and creativity. Participation also fuels their passion for the trades.”

Carpentry competitions, including Home and Team Building and Carpentry – Team of 2, will take place at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486 in Azilda.

Staff will provide judges at both venues.

Participants will have an opportunity to take home medals and certificates of achievement to celebrate their success. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 pm at both locations. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Rainbow District School Board salutes the many staff members who work diligently to make this event possible every year and thanks Cambrian College and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486 for their support.

The Board also acknowledges the generosity of community partners who contribute financially for the local competitions and provide new tools and transportation for students to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition.

Technological Skills Competition
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Competitions for Grades 9 to 12 will take place at the following locations:  

2D Character Animation     Room 1640               Cambrian College
3D Character Animation     Room 1640               Cambrian College
Auto CAD                            Room 1642              Cambrian College
Auto-Service Technology    Room 1700              Cambrian College

Cabinetmaking                    Room 1721              Cambrian College
Carpentry – Team of 2         Training Shop           Carpenters’ Union (Azilda)
Coding                                Room 3412               Cambrian College
Electrical Installations         Room 1703               Cambrian College
Graphic Design                   Room 3502               Cambrian College
Heavy Equipment               Room 1737               Cambrian College
Home and Team Building   Training Shop            Carpenters’ Union (Azilda)
Mechanical CAD                 Room 1642               Cambrian College
Photography                       Room 3502                Cambrian College
Prepared Speech               eDome                       Cambrian College (Taking place April 4th)
Small Powered Engines     Room 1737                Cambrian College
TV/Video Production           Room 3417               Cambrian College
VEX Robotics                     Room 1803                Cambrian College
Welding                              Room 1738                Cambrian College
Workplace Safety               Room 1709                Cambrian College

Competitions for Grades 7 and 8 will take place at the following locations:

Character Animation            Gym                        Cambrian College
Construction                         Gym                        Cambrian College
LEGO Mechanical                Gym                        Cambrian College
LEGO Robotics                    Gym                        Cambrian College
TV/Video Production            Gym                        Cambrian College


8:15 am to 8:45 am           Registration in the eDome foyer
8:45 am to 9 am                Safety and rules
9 am to 11:30 am              Competitions begin
11:30 am to 12:30 pm       Lunch in the eDome
12:40 pm to 2:15 pm         Competitions resume
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm           Clean up and judging (Students, Cambrian staff and community partners meet and greet in the Student Life Centre)
3 pm to 3:30 pm               Awards Ceremony in the Student Centre

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